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Tarantula Hardcover – June 20, 2017
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The writing by Fabian Rangel is fun and never belabors points. He's got the good sense to let the illustrator do their thing at certain points and keep his mouth shut. Many comics writers feel the need to have dialogue in every panel and nothing will take me out of a narrative more than that. It's all a bit too look at me. Rangel in that sense is a good team member being willing to share the spot light.
Alexis Zirritt draws a bit like Jack Kirby in the sense that his characters aren't photo realistic and seem to be constantly portraying some sort of grand statement or movement. It's fun and works really well in the sense of the sort of story being told here. Luchador movies deal with big broad strokes and they keep true to the source material. His use of color is interesting. It's not designed to create detail or an image. It's used almost solely to establish mood.
It's not perfect. It's weird the amount of cursing/expletives in it. Sometimes it's humorously in Spanish and at other times right in your face in English. It's odd in the sense it makes it feel more adult in a bad way. One of the things that's really fun about old luchador films is that they're trying to be undercover with their bad behavior like a little kid trying to see how much he can get away with. It's not a big deal but it takes me a bit out of it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this and it comes as a sturdy hardback with some great book design. It's good quality for the money spent.